Rosa Wells, Programme Manager for Engineering at Solihull College & University Centre, was recently invited to present at Global Specialist in Electrical and Digital Building Infrastructures, LeGrand.
The event’s focus was to look at starting a new group which would assess the diversity within their engineering workforce as part of International Women’s Day, which was celebrated on 8th March.
Lecturer Rosa is passionate about cementing a place for women in the engineering sector and has previously played an instrumental part in the set-up of the West Midlands Hub for WISE (Women in Science & Engineering), an ongoing campaign for gender balance in science, technology and engineering.
The WISE regional hubs are being set up around the country to give women and men in STEM a local network to get involved with. The local hubs will give people the opportunity to meet easily to discuss issues, share success strategies and also inspire girls at local schools about the great career opportunities available for women in science and engineering. This will help forge strong links between schools, universities and STEM industries in the local area.
Currently teaching on a number of engineering subjects including aerospace engineering, Rosa inspires the next generation of engineers, both male and female, at Solihull College & University Centre.
Due to her experience and positive influence in the sector, Rosa was asked to deliver a workshop to identify the barriers to engineering for women and what can be done in business to support more female applicants at LeGrand’s event.
The event also saw former student of the College, Sharon Warmington address the LeGrand employees via a 12 hour webinar. Sharon, who studied a secretarial course in the 1980’s at the College and is now an inspirational entrepreneur, speaker, executive coach and author has a passion for gender equality and spoke to the employees about her experiences.
LeGrand hopes to use all of the information provided to them by Rosa, Sharon and others to discuss strategies for attracting more women into their engineering roles.